It's been a tough few days around here as our server host Typepad battled security issues that prevented readers from being able to access anyone who used their service to create their site, like I do. After being down for most of the holiday weekend, things are finally back up and running, and hopefully will stay this way.
Let's get things back under way with some injury updates:
- We haven't seen the game's top prospect yet this year, but Twins OF Byron Buxton is set to return to according to Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com. He won't jump directly to Double-A, where he is expected to begin his regular season, but instead will play in some extended spring training games down in Ft. Myers before heading to New Britain. Buxton has been recovering from an injured wrist, an injury he sustained diving for a ball this spring. Wrist injuries have a tendency to linger and zap power, especially if a player attempts to return to action before it is completely healed, so the Twins have taken a cautious approach with Buxton's rehabilitation.
- Another top prospect has yet to see the field this season, as Pirates' 2013 first-round pick Austin Meadows continues to work his way back from a hamstring injury. Unlike Buxton, however, there is still no timetable for Meadows' return and he could still miss a few more weeks, according to Tim Williams of PiratesProspects.com. Williams also has an update on right-hander Luis Heredia, who was recently placed on the DL with shoulder discomfort.
- The Mariners were already short on pitching, but they were dealt an even tougher hand when left-hander James Paxton went down with a lat injury. Now it appears that Paxton will be out until late May "at the earliest," writes Adam Jude of The Seattle Times. At this point, it looks like Taijuan Walker, who was scratched from his last rehab start, is closer to returning to action for the Mariners.
- The Brewers really couldn't afford to have any injuries to the top prospects in one of the game's weakest farm systems, but that's exactly what's happened. Johnny Hellweg, the flame-throwing right-hander, has a torn UCL and is likely going to have Tommy John surgery, says Adam McCalvy of MLB.com. Hellweg has battled extreme control issues and has largely failed as a starter, but with his premium velocity and tall frame, he profiled as someone who could contribute as a reliever.